Miller, Martha Keller (Mrs. C.C.)


1859 - November 20, 1922
Mrs. Martha Keller Miller, wife of Rev. C. C. Miller, of the Louisiana Conference, died in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, November 20th, 1922, at 12:45 A. M., after a few days’ illness. The funeral services were held in Keener Memorial Methodist Church on the same day at eleven o’clock in the morning, conducted by the writer, assisted by the Protestant pastors of the city.
Mrs. Miller was born sixty-three years ago at Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish, where her early life was spent. She came of one of the State’s leading and most influential families, being the daughter of Mr. Oliver Keller and Mrs. Emily Bass Keller. Her father died when she was fourteen years old, leaving her mother with a helpless family of small children of whom she was the oldest. With commendable pluck and perseverance she cared for and educated two of The younger children, at the same time preparing herself to teach, raising to places of responsibility and ranking among the best instructors in our public schools.
Very early in life she united with the Methodist Church in which faith she lived, wrought and died. Twenty-seven years ago she was married to Rev. C. C. Miller, then a teacher in the public schools, later professor in and president of Centenary College.
Mrs. Miller was an ardent prohibitionist and gave much of her active service to lecturing and organizing the women in this great use. In the literary world she made a place for her name as the author of one or more books of vigorous thought and literary merit.
The subject of this sketch was a woman of strength of character and decided convictions. Her life was an open book known and read of all. She had no toleration for cant or compromise on questions of right or wrong, standing unyieldingly and ever for the highest ideals and most vital interests of the church. Her’s was an intense nature, expressing itself openly and fearlessly without regard to per-sonal consequences. At any time she would have counted it a privilege to suffer and even die for those whom she loved. A valued citizen, a good neighbor, a loyal friend, a true wife and devoted mother, a faithful church worker, and a good woman has gone to her reward.
Mrs. Miller’s death while not expected was not a surprise to those ho lived closest to her.
Under the strain of over-work during the World War her health broke completely and since that time she had practically an invalid.
In her going, besides her husband, she leaves an only sister, Mrs. W. F. Melton, whose husband is head of the English Department of Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., and two step-children who never mew any other mother.

“Why should our tears in sorrow flow
When God recalls his own,
And bids them leave a world of woe
For an immortal crown?”

Source: Journal Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1922, pages 96-97, by Chas. W. Crisler

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